A young playwright turns teasing in the classroom into applause in the auditorium

Illustration by Heather Franzen Rutten Second Act essay by Angela A. Bey The 100-year-old brownstone of John M. Patterson Elementary School in Philadelphia held my first-grade classroom. I remember everything vividly—dried-up Crayola markers, paint-chipped walls and photocopies of “Hooked on Phonics” workbook pages.   My peers walked in close-knit groups down the halls, and certain

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